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2016 -2017 Fall/Winter/Spring Schedule

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Frank Baum Munchkins: K-1st Graders
Meet Saturday mornings from 10:30-11:45

Fall Session: September 3rd–October 23rd  8 weeks   Fee: $85
Dress Rehearsal: Friday, October 21st from 5:45-7:30PM

Fall Performances: Saturday, October 22nd at 11:00AM

and Sunday, October 23rd at 2:00PM

Winter Session: January 7th-March 5th  9 weeks  Fee: $90
Extra Rehearsal: Tuesday, February 28th from 5:45-7:00
Dress Rehearsal: Friday, March 3rd from 5:45-7:30PM

Winter performances: Saturday, March 4th at 11:00AM

and Sunday, March 5th at 3:00PM

Spring Session: March 18th  – May 7th  8 weeks  Fee: $85
No class April 8th (Spring Break)
Make up rehearsal: Wednesday, May 3rd  from 4:00-5:30
Dress Rehearsal: Thursday, May 5th from 5:45-7:30

Spring Performances: Saturday, May 6th at 11:00AM

and Sunday, May 7th at 3:00PM


Kenneth Grahame Rats: 2nd and 3rd Graders
Meet Friday afternoons from 4:00PM-5:30PM

Fall Session: September 2nd – October 30th   9 weeks   Fee: $95
Extra rehearsal: Thursday, October 27th from 5:45-7:15
Dress Rehearsal: Friday, October 28th from 4:00-6:30PM

Performances: Saturday, October 29th at 11:00AM

and Sunday, October 30th at 3:00PM

Winter Session: January 6th-March 12th  10 weeks   Fee: $95
Extra Rehearsal: Tuesday, March 7th from 5:30-7:00
Dress Rehearsal: Friday, March 10th from 4:00-6:30PM

Performances: Saturday, March 11th at 11:00AM  

and Sunday, March 12th  at 3:00PM

Spring Session: March 17th–May 14th   8 weeks    Fee: $90
No class Friday, April 14th (Spring Break)
Make up Rehearsal: Wednesday, May 10th  from 4:00-5:30PM
Dress Rehearsal: Friday, May 12th from 4:00-6:30

Performances: Saturday, May 13th at 11:00AM

and Sunday, May 14th at 3:00PM


Lewis Carroll Knights:  4th-5th Grades
Meet Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:00PM-5:30PM

Fall Session: September 6th – November 8th  9 weeks  Fee: $145
Long rehearsals: November 1st and 3rd  from 4:00PM-6:00PM
Dress rehearsal: Friday, November 4th from 4:00PM-7:00PM

Performances:  Saturday, November 5th at 7:30PM

and Sunday, November 6th at 3:00PM

Winter-Spring Session: January 10th– April 2nd
12 weeks   Fee: $175
Long rehearsals: March 28th and 30th from 4:00-6:00
Dress Rehearsal: Friday, March 31st  from 5:45-8:00PM

Saturday, April 1st at 7:30
and Sunday, April 2nd at 3:00


Moliere Comedians:  6th-7th Grades
Meet Mondays and Wednesdays from 4:30PM-6:00PM

Fall Session: September 7th – November 13th  10 weeks   Fee: $150
No Class Monday, October 31st
Long rehearsals: November 7th and 9th from 4:30PM-6:30PM
Dress rehearsal: Friday, November 11th from 4:30PM-8:00PM

Performances: Saturday, November 12th at 7:30PM

and Sunday, November 13th  at 3:00PM

Winter-Spring Extended Session: Monday, January 9th – April 9th     
No Class January 16th   13 weeks  Fee: $175
Long rehearsals: April 3rd and 5th from 4:30PM-6:30PM
Dress Rehearsal: Friday, April 7th from 5:45PM-9:00PM

Performances: Saturday, April 8th  at 7:30PM

and Sunday, April 9th at 3:00PM


Thornton Wilder Apprentices: 8th-10th Grades
Meet Tuesdays from 7:00-9:00PM and Saturdays from 1:00-3:00PM

Fall Session: September 6th – December 4th   12 weeks  Fee: $175
No Class September 17th (Centerfest) October 18th or November  26th
Long rehearsal: Tuesday, November 29th  from 6:00PM-9:00PM
Dress rehearsal: Friday, December 2nd  from 5:30-9:00PM

Performances: Saturday, December 3rd at 7:30PM
and Sunday, December 4th at 3:00PM

Winter-Spring Extended Session: January 10th – May 21st    
No class February 4th, March 21st, and April 8th  
19 weeks   Total Fee: $250   “Moments” only $125.00
“Moments” long rehearsal: March 14th from 6:00-9:00
“Moments” Dress Rehearsal: Friday, March 17th from 5:30-9:00

“Moments” Performances: Saturday, March 18th at 7:30

and Sunday, March 19th at 3:00

Play (TBA) long rehearsal: May 16th from 6:00-9:00
Dress rehearsal: Friday, May 19th from 5:30-9:15

Performances: Saturday, May 20th at 7:30

And Sunday, May 21st at 3:00


Master’s Company

The Masters Company is an auditioned company of 10th, 11th and 12th graders who have a serious commitment to theater arts and to YPPC. 10th graders also need to have had at least one year of acting classes at YPPC, preferably in the Apprentice class. During the school year, in the WTVD theatre, we usually present a one-act family audience play for Centerfest, 2-3 full length productions and a production of student directed one-act plays, usually in the Spring. There is no fee for membership in the Masters Company, but members are expected to participate in three or more productions during the school year or two productions and the Summer Music Theater Camp, for which they pay a reduced fee. Masters Company members are expected to be on time for rehearsals, meet line deadlines, help with technical duties for Masters plays and contribute 10 hours of work to YPPC, which usually involves helping during the production week of one of the younger groups shows.  We generally rehearse Thursday evenings and Saturday afternoons, although this may change depending upon the needs of the production. The regular Thursday rehearsal time is from 6:30-8:30PM to allow new drivers to get home safely. Dress rehearsals however go until 9:30. We usually rehearse on Saturdays from 3:30-5:30 or 6:00PM.

Auditions for new members this year will be held on Saturday and Sunday, August 27th and 28th between 1:30PM and 3:30PM by appointment. Those interested should prepare two memorized monologues showing emotional or stylistic diversity. Total time of both monologues should not exceed four minutes or be less than two. Email Jeffryn Stephens: jstephens353@nc.rr.com to make an appointment or to make alternate arrangements if neither of these days and times are available for you. Musicians are also welcome in Masters and can substitute a piece of music for one of their monologues.

Important Masters Company dates:

Thursday, Sep.1st 6:30-8:30: Meeting for continuing and newly auditioned members.

Centerfest Play: September 17th at 2:00 and 4:30 and 18th at 3:00

Fall Play: November 19th at 7:30 and November 20th at 3:00

Holiday Play: December 16th & 17th at 7:30; Dec. 18th at 3:00  
Winter Play: March 24th & 25th at 7:30; March 26th at 3:00   

Student Directed Plays: June 3rd at 7:30 and June 4th at 3:00PM

Summer Music Theatre Camp: tentatively July 17th-August 4th

Summer Musical: August 5th, 11th and 12th at 7:30; August 6th at 3:00


Scholarships and Discounts

Scholarships (minus registration fee) are available based on financial need and commitment.  You can download a scholarship form from our web site or email Jeffryn Stephens: jstephens353@nc.rr.com and ask for one. Requests for scholarships should be received at least one week before the class begins but special circumstances are always taken into consideration. Occasionally, merit scholarships are also granted by the director.
There is a 20% discount for the second child in a family, subtracted from the lesser class fee.

Young People’s Performing Company admits students of any race, color, national or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students.



A registration form is attached for your convenience or you can pick one up on the counter in front of the WTVD theater in the Durham Arts Council building. Registration forms may be attached to a return email; hand delivered to the DAC building, in an envelope addressed to YPPC and slipped under the office or lighting room door; or mailed to: Young People’s Performing Company, 120 Morris Street, Durham, NC 27701.  Pre-registration by email is recommended, but your child is not officially registered until the form and $20.00 registration fee are received.  The registration fee is subtracted from the total class fee, which is due the first day of the class. Please make checks payable to YPPC.

Classes, rehearsals and performances are held in the WTVD theatre in the Durham Arts Council Building, 120 Morris Street, downtown Durham


Please contact Jeffryn Stephens, Artistic Director
Young People’s Performing Company
Email: jstephens353@nc.rr.com
Or visit us online at:  http://yppc.us

Inclement Weather Policy: If the Durham Arts Council closes, we are not having class. If the building is open, but you feel it is not safe for you to come to class, please send a text message to Jeffryn's cell phone:


This program was made possible in part by the Durham Arts Council’s Annual Arts Fund and the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources.